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Guide to the Martin Schoonmaker family papers ARC.090

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Nicholas Pavlik

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Biographical Note

Martin Schoonmaker, the son of Michael and Elizabeth H. Schoonmaker, was a resident of the town of Gravesend in Kings County, N.Y. In the 1840s he served as Gravesend's first postmaster, a position he held for 10 years. He later served as the Gravesend Assessor, as Kings County Deputy Commissioner of Juries, and as secretary of the Ocean Parkway Owners Association. Schoonmaker was married to Eliza (Emmens) Schoonmaker, sister of John Emmens (1832-1880), a claimant of a part of Coney Island. Martin's brother, Richard L. Schoonmaker (d. 1876), was postmaster of the Kings County town of Flatbush.


  1. Lerardi, Eric J. Gravesend, the Home of Coney Island. Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia, 2001.